SCQF Level: 10
Module Code: SOC400
Credit Value: 40
Term: Terms 1 and 2
School: School of Social and Health Sciences
This modules offers the student with the opportunity to conduct and present a simple research investigation into a sociological topic of their choice.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: the ability to devise and conduct a piece of independent research, write a 10000 word dissertation and publicly present their research findings.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Devise a research proposal.
2. Conduct a research study on a criminological or sociological topic.
3. Demonstrate an in-depth critical knowledge of a chosen criminological or sociological topic.
4. Discuss and present research findings.
1 Research Design
Selecting the appropriate method for a specified topic and conducting actual research - with guidance from project supervisor.
2 Reviewing Literature
Collecting evidence within relevant field of research and its application to the field of study.
3 Analysing and Interpreting Data
Collecting, dealing with and understanding data; turning data into words and/or numbers - with guidance from project supervisor.
4 Presenting Findings
Making research findings 'public'; writing-up your project - with guidance from project supervisor.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The project module is primarily a self-directed enquiry based learning module that provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice supported by a member of the academic staff. Academic support takes the form of one to one supervision and through a written commentary on the students work. Through the project module students demonstrate the extent to which they are able to take responsibility for their own learning and use the skills they have been taught in the course of their degree programme. The successful completion of a dissertation is considered in many subject areas as a defining feature of graduateness and it is one of the major means by which we are able to assess a student's development of Abertay's graduate attributes.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||6|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||0|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.